So Close the House Can Taste Safer Food
By Consumers Union on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
We have long advocated for the measures in H.R. 2749 to improve food safety by giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to recall tainted food, beefing up inspections, and enacting other critical reforms, citing the string of serious food-borne illnesses linked to peanut butter, spinach, peppers, and other common foods.
This bill will make food safer and avoid repetition of incidents like the one that sickened Jacob Goswick of Arizona. In 2006, when Jacob was in the second grade, he ate spinach, believing it would make him strong. The spinach was contaminated with E. coli, and Jacob spent many weeks in the hospital with kidney failure and its aftermath. Jacob was actually lucky – he recovered. Another child died in that outbreak. Jacob says he hopes what happened to him won’t happen to other kids – and we hope so, too. This bill will move us closer to repairing our broken food safety net. We can ill afford to wait any longer.
The House is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday, July 29, under suspension of the rules.
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